Philadelphia, PA – This week, the Philadelphia Zoo revealed a little secret to the public: they are now caring for two orphaned puma cubs from Washington state. According to the zoo, the duo was tended to by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife experts after being rescued on June 28 in Kalama, WA.
The cubs, named Elbroch (the male) and Olympia (the female), were underweight when they were discovered; a farmer is believed to have killed their mother. In a release, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Philadelphia Zoo said:
“This placement is crucial because without the intervention of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Philadelphia Zoo, they would likely not survive on their own and without their mother.”
The cubs are being trained and socialized to help them acclimate to their new home. Curator of Carnivores and Ungulates Maggie Morse said:
“We are so thankful to our keeper and veterinary teams who have stepped up to give these cubs the best care possible, and we can’t wait for the public to meet them and learn their story.”
The cubs are not currently visible to the public, but they will be in September when they are moved to their new home in Big Cat Falls. Find the zoo on Facebook here.
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